By Massoud A. Derhally
Former trade minister Hadidi takes reigns at carrier after resignation of Hussein Dabbas in May
Royal Jordanian's board of directors appointed former minister of trade and industry Amer Hadidi as president and CEO of the carrier.
Hadidi's appointment comes after the former head of the Amman-based carrier Hussein Dabbas resigned at the end of May. The appointment takes effect immediately.
Hadidi served as trade minister between 2007 and 2011 and was secretary general at the Ministry of Transport and a board member of the carrier in 2006 and 2007. Most recently Hadidi was advisor at the Royal Court and head of economic and social affairs at the office of King Abdullah.
Royal Jordanian, a member of the Oneworld, reported a loss of JRD57.9m (US$82m) in 2011, compared with a JRD9.6m profit the year before. The carrier has consolidated some of its routes and reduced flight frequencies in the wake of political turmoil in the Arab world last year, high oil prices and stiffer competition from carriers in the Gulf.
The airline was founded in 1963 and operates 32 aircraft. It was the first Middle Eastern airline to order Boeing's 787 Dreamliner. It expects to take delivery of its first 787 in 2014.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Nice to know that Royal Jordanian's board of directors appointed former minister of trade and industry Amer Hadidi as president and CEO.
Our good wishes to Mr. Amer Hadidi - the New C.E.O. of Royal Jordan Airlines as well as the entire team of Royal Jordan Airlines in serving the entire world.
Regards and God Bless Royal Jordan Airlines..
Althugh ,the RJ Airlines founded in 1963 ,it should have been a leader by now.They have failed to maintain sustabilty ,profitability and expansion over the past 47 years and more financila troubles is expected ahead ,,one must ask why?and have any of the previous many CEOs been held accountabil and responsible for the comtioues badly managed opeation so far??Is the new managment going to be effective and effiecint to drive the companyto new area in the face of very hard competions from other airlines who are delivering better value to thier passenger at lower cost?The only customer RJ have is mainly jordanians who has no choice but to fly RJ in summer time and lower income european tourists .